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Colorado's public lands are faced with new challenges but water and land management depend on working together. Read about the relationship between water and land in Colorado and how Coloradans are converging to restore Colorado's public lands in the Spring 2018 issue of Headwaters magazine.

Browse articles and find a flipbook of the magazine here.

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Water Education Colorado

Headwaters magazineRead articles from the magazine below or view it online.

Gunnison's Developing Relationship With Its Newest Recreational Park

By Erin McIntyre

To most people driving on U.S. Highway 50 west of Gunnison, the stretch of water just west of town near the Twin Bridges is just another fast-moving section of the Gunnison River. Even a trained eye might have a hard time telling that beneath the water's surface are hundreds of boulders strategically placed to make a whitewater park.

Read more: Gunnison's Developing Relationship With Its Newest Recreational Park

The Legal Story

A whitewater park without any water won't attract many boaters, a situation which inspired the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District—to file for recreational in-channel diversion (RICD) water rights for the whitewater park in 2002. An RICD water right varies from the traditional ‘use it or lose it’ water right, which typically requires water to be removed from the stream and to be put to beneficial use. In the case of a RICD, the water stays in the stream for recreation.

Read more: The Legal Story

Fly Fishing

By Lori Ozzello

To forget everything else.

The paperwork on your desk at the office. The car needs new tires. The bored-till-everyone's-comatose meetings. The commute. The nuclear meltdown your teenager had yesterday or Monday or whenever.

Ask people why they ski or watch birds or kayak or hike or run or hunt and often, the core of the answer is ‘to forget everything else.’ When you ask a fly fisher, she'll explain there's an art and science to the forgetting.

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An Avian Oasis on the Plains

By Lori Ozzello

From the ground, eastern Colorado's prairie rivers in late winter are shallow, sandy and slow. Bare cottonwood trees, tall dry grasses and stick-like shrubs line their narrow edges, sometimes the only clues the rivers are there at all.

From a migrating bird's perspective, they look like a Marriott Hotel.

Read more: An Avian Oasis on the Plains

Let it Snow

By Erin McIntyre

A tiny ski area that operated for just one season 50 years ago introduced snowmaking technology to Colorado, blazing the trail for a tool to fake out Mother Nature and provide economic stability for a $1.5 billion industry.

Read more: Let it Snow

Rules Governing Deep Aquifers in San Luis Valley Go to Trial

By Ruth Heide

ALAMOSA—The fate of proposed state rules governing new groundwater withdrawals from the San Luis Valley's confined aquifer rests in the hands of District Judge O. John Kuenhold.

Read more: Rules Governing Deep Aquifers in San Luis Valley Go to Trial

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